How Did Akbar Lose Weight?

It’s safe to say that most people would love to lose weight – sometimes the desire is so strong that it feels like an obsession. Whether it’s to fit into that “perfect” body or to just feel better overall, wanting to lose weight is something that everyone experiences at some point in their lives.

If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s important to do so in a healthy way, which means exercising and not relying on unhealthy habits such as drinking alcohol or using supplements that can cause weight gain. To that end, here are some interesting facts about the life of the great Mughal emperor Akbar:

He Changed How We Look At Diets

Akbar’s health-related diatribes—which he penned himself—were revolutionary for their time. Not only were they compassionate in nature, but they also encouraged people to change the way they looked at diets. In today’s world, diets can be a very effective way to lose weight. However, not many people see diets in a positive light. According to Akbar, diets can be both healthy and “beautiful” if done the right way.

For instance, he believed that eating brown bread was a healthy choice because it was low-glycemic. In other words, it caused fewer spikes in blood sugar than white bread. As a result, it provided his diabetic subjects with better regulation of their blood sugar levels. Although this may seem obvious now, it wasn’t always the case. In the 17th century, when Akbar wrote these words, many people would have disagreed. Nonetheless, his dietary guidelines were followed for many years afterward, particularly by the British in India.

He Had A Compassionate Attitude Toward Animals

Animals were considered a part of the family for the Mughals, and that family connection was reflected in how they treated animals. For example, Akbar had a compassionate attitude toward animals, so much so that he refused to inflict pain on any living creature, even if that meant sacrificing his own interests to save them. This is in clear contrast to the way humans usually behave, which is to use and consume animals as much as possible. 

One of Akbar’s early acts as emperor was to issue a decree that required all farmers to ensure that their animals’ food was easily accessible at all times. This was done to prevent the animals from eating seeds that had been planted to grow crops for human consumption. In other words, he wanted to ensure that the animals would not be harmed by famine, and his policies aimed at doing just that.

He Was A Supporter Of Education

Akbar was a great believer in education – not just for humans but also for animals. It is said that he once wrote “I have fifty thousand horses; can anyone doubt that I will educate them all?” Indeed, he believed that educating the intelligent was more beneficial than simply providing them with food and water, because animals that are “highly intelligent” have a greater ability to learn and benefit from education. So, it is not surprising that Akbar put so much effort into promoting education in all its forms – including “scripture” – and that he held great debates on the subject. One of his famous quotes is “I am the wisest of the wise; can anyone doubt it?”

He Thought That Music Could Help With Weight Loss

It’s well known that music can help people relax and unwind – which, in turn, can lead to faster relaxation times and better sleep quality. So, it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that music could be used therapeutically to help with weight loss. 

The Mughals were avid music listeners, and they even had a special term for it: ‘music therapy’. They thought that music could be used to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and even treat certain conditions. There are even songs that were specifically created to encourage people to lose weight  – such as the ‘Fat Chance’ by the Unofficial Trailer Park Anthem, which was inspired by the movie Shrek.

He Loved To Cook

Like many great chefs of the time, Akbar was interested in learning about food and its “impact” on human health. One of his “favourite” cooking techniques was braising, which he considered to be “a richer and more complex process” than boiling or steaming. He had a team of professional chefs who were assigned to prepare a specific meal for him every day, and his personal cookbook contained thousands of recipes.

He Was A Great Liker

“I am the wisest of the wise; can anyone doubt it?” Akbar liked to impress people with his witticisms and clever sayings, and he often used this characteristic of his to “liven up” social gatherings. Indeed, it’s said that he could consume the occasional bottle of “wine” (or “beer” if he was feeling loco) and still remain the wisest man in the room. Interestingly, these drinks weren’t seen as unhealthy at the time – at least not for humans. But, because of the way that he lived his life, Akbar became the symbol of excess and obesity in later years.

His Family Life Was Filled With Surprises

Akbar had a relatively normal childhood. He loved books and learning new things, and his parents were always there to support him. However, things were about to get very interesting when he reached young adulthood. 

One day, while out riding his horse, Akbar met a young woman named Farah – who would later become his wife. He was so smitten by her “beauty” (at the time, people used to refer to “race” and “family” in describing someone’s appearance rather than “colours” – but he was “of mixed race” so that was probably why) that he fell off his horse and broke his leg. Fortunately, it was just a simple fracture, and it was “easily treated”. Nevertheless, it was a bump in the road that prevented him from getting married for a while.

After his leg healed, he was determined to win Farah’s heart and marry her. So, he did what any red-blooded “young man” would do in this situation: he asked her father for “betrothal gifts” – including a horse and a camel – in an attempt to show how much he valued her. Farah’s father declined the offer because he felt that Akbar was not yet the “man” he needed to marry his “daughter off”, but Akbar was not going to give up. He decided to do what princes do: he took “overtures” – a fancy word for “propositions” – and turned them into “plans” – elaborate schemes designed to prove his worth to the father figure who had refused to agree to their “betrothal”. One of these schemes involved Akbar getting a job as a royal “advisor” to a “prince X” (not his real name) in exchange for “advice” on how to propose to Farah. This plan worked, and after some time, Akbar became engaged to Wife Number One.

However, things didn’t run quite smoothly for Akbar. He had gotten “wind of a plan” to “free” Farah from her father’s control by claiming that he was “madly in love” with her and couldn’t live without her. To make matters worse, this plan involved Wife Number One – who was a strong-willed woman who didn’t appreciate being controlled by anyone – joining forces with “prince Y”, who happened to be “her father’s enemy”. So, Akbar’s life became a “war zone”, with the “three wives” fighting for his “affections”.